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Sen Gene Yaw

Monday, March 16, 2015


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-------------------------------This Week------------------------------

State Senate Appropriations Hearings to Begin This Week

2015-16 Budget

This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin a month-long series of hearings on Governor Tom Wolf’s 2015-2016 Budget Plan.

To watch the Senate Appropriations Hearings LIVE, or for more information on the Governor’s proposed budget plan, visit my website, click here.


---------------------------Budget Survey--------------------------

23rd Senate District Budget Survey

Budget Survey

In light of Governor Wolf’s recent Budget Proposal, I am conducting a survey across Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties to measure how his proposal would impact you and your family.  As always, I value and thank you for your input.


--------------------------Legislative Action--------------------------

Bill Sets Penalties for False Claim of Veteran Status

On March 3rd, the state Senate passed a bill intended to protect the integrity of the “veteran” driver’s license designation process.

Under Senate Bill 42 those who falsely claim to be a veteran on their Pennsylvania driver’s license application would be subject to a summary offense with a $300 fine and possible imprisonment of between 30 and 90 days for those who fail to pay the fine. A state law enacted in 2012 allows veterans to self-certify their status subject to verification by state military officials. Senate Bill 42 has moved to the House of Representatives for consideration.


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City Project Celebrated

On March 13th, I joined state and local officials to dedicate the Memorial Homes Development project in the City of Williamsport. The 72-unit project includes 40 low-income apartments and 32 market-rate townhouses.  A portion of the project cost was paid for by natural gas impact fee funds imposed on Marcellus Shale drillers.

Memorial Homes Development Project Ribbon Cutting



SUN Technical Institute Student Earns State Award

SUN Tech Award

On March 2nd, Luis Delgado of Lewisburg, a student at the SUN Technical Institute, received the Life Work Challenge Award. The award was presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education Special Populations. The award is given to a student who demonstrates growth and preparation to achieve his goals related to his future career.

A member of my staff presented a Congratulatory Citation to Luis on my behalf.  Great job, Luis!


------------------------District Outreaches--------------------------

Do You Need Assistance With State Forms?

Do you need assistance completing Property Tax/Rent Rebate forms, or other related applications? My staff stands ready to assist you. The following district outreaches have been scheduled, and are updated frequently on my website.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Wyalusing Borough Hall
102 Senate Street
Wyalusing, PA 18853
10:30 a.m. – noon.

Wyalusing Public Library
202 Church Street
Wyalusing, PA 18853
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Susquehanna County Conservation District
88 Chenango Street
Montrose, PA 18801
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


-----------------------------In the News-----------------------------

This Week's News Highlights

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:  “Lawmakers revive Senate, House coal caucuses to promote industry”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:  “Impact fees garner support from state community leaders”

Towanda Daily Review:  “Senate committees hold hearing highlighting natural gas impact fee”

Williamsport Sun Gazette:  “Taxing Times”


-------------------------Visiting the State Capitol----------------------

Welcoming Commissioner Hall!

Senator Gene Yaw with Commissioner Alan Hall

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On March 3rd, I welcomed Susquehanna County Commissioner Alan Hall to the Senate Chamber. Commissioner Hall was in Harrisburg to testify during a Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee hearing on the natural gas Impact Fee.


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26th Annual Susquehanna County ‘Ag Days’

On March 6th, I visited the 26th Annual Susquehanna County Ag Day at Elk Lake High School.

The Day featured over 75 ag vendors, educational workshops, health organizations, lunch, pie baking contest, pie auction, and delicious dairy products including milk, cheese, and, of course... ice cream! I had the opportunity to talk with many in attendance and even met some dairy royalty!

Ag Days Ag Days

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